Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

To advise on crowd movement for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games


The 2014 Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, were the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland, with 4,950 athletes competing from 71 nations. It was acknowledged as a big success for the City, from both a sporting and visitor experience perspective. Movement Strategies was commissioned by the Venue Management and Transport Planning teams in the Organising Committee to provide expert assurance that all 13 competition venues were able to safely and comfortably accommodate projected spectator numbers and manage the demands of the anticipated crowd movement.


Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games



We worked with the Transport, Sport and Venue Management functions to establish the assumptions for spectator arrival and departure profiles, which were subsequently used as the basis for the planning associated with all competition venues and city-wide travel.

We reviewed crowd management plans for the 13 competition venues as well as the further analysis that had been undertaken for those venues, and which potential crowd-related risks had been identified. We met with the Venue Management and Spectator Safety teams, as well as reviewing plans and documentation that the Organising Committee had issued to the Licensing Authorities.

We undertook a detailed assessment of Hampden Park, the venue hosting the Athletics and the Closing Ceremony. Particular attention was given to the impact of a public transport focused approach for the Games on crowd movement; for example, for football matches, car travel is the primary mode.

In addition, we observed crowd behaviour at the test event identifying a range of potential issues and we advised on potential measures, some of which were implemented for the Games.

A number of lessons learnt at a variety of multi-venue, multi-day events, (notably London 2012) were incorporated into the advice given to Glasgow 2014.


Our work was positively received, and we are proud to have contributed to the successful delivery of a memorable event.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive, Mike Hooper, praised the 2014 Games as “the standout games in the history of the movement”.

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